Pope and top imam embrace

2016-05-23 19:28

Pope Francis has met the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque at the Vatican in a historic encounter that was sealed with a hugely symbolic hug and exchange of kisses.

'Sex pest' ex-priest gets 20 years in prison

2016-04-30 09:59

Victims have confronted a former Roman Catholic priest in court as he was sentenced to at least 20 years in prison for sexually abusing students at a Michigan high school.

Pope tells priests: don't be smug

2016-02-10 06:28

A specially recruited group of priests got instructions from Pope Francis before fanning out through the world to show a more merciful face of the Catholic church to sinners.

Catholic Church in DRC defers march

2016-01-13 17:01

The powerful Roman Catholic church in Democratic Republic of Congo has cancelled memorial marches in February on the Vatican's recommendation.

Pope calls on Christians, Muslims to unite

2015-11-30 18:33

Pope Francis calls on Christians and Muslims to unite against violence exercised in the name of religion.

Vatican tries journalists for reporting on leaks

2015-11-24 15:58

The Vatican has put two journalists on trial for leaks in a 'Kafka-esque' process decried by media groups.

Vatican hints pope's Africa itinerary may change

2015-11-16 22:01

The Vatican has hinted that the pope's Africa itinerary may change amid fighting in Bangui and elsewhere.

As a boy, pope wanted to be a butcher

2015-11-06 17:20

When he was still knee-high to a grasshopper, Pope Francis never dreamt of becoming the leader of the world's 1.3 billion Roman Catholics. His secret desire? To be a butcher.

Pope Francis to visit Mexico

2015-11-02 13:25

Pope Francis, the first pontiff from Latin America, will visit overwhelmingly Catholic Mexico next year, the country's archbishop has announced.

Pope's family synod

2015-10-20 05:28

It's now quite certain that Pope Francis' big summit on family issues won't endorse any changes to church doctrine on the church's teaching about homosexuality or whether civilly remarried Catholics can receive Communion.


Pope Francis meets archbishop accused of sex abuse cover-up

2016-05-20 14:32

Pope Francis has met with Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the under-fire Archbishop of Lyon suspected of covering up for a paedophile priest in a scandal that has rocked the Church in France.

Pope Francis a saviour - refugees

2016-04-17 18:00

The Syrian refugees taken in by Pope Francis following his visit to the Greek island of Lesbos have hailed the pontiff as a 'saviour' for offering them a new life.

Pope tells nuns - 'bite your tongue'

2016-02-02 08:48

Pope Francis told gossip-loving priests and nuns to bite their tongues and warned those breaking their vow of obedience to fall into line.

Trudeau to ask pope to apologise to Canada natives

2015-12-17 13:44

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will ask Pope Francis to formally apologise for more than a century of abuses at church-run boarding schools set up to assimilate Canada's indigenous peoples.

Pope Francis has called on humanity to reconnect with nature

2015-11-25 21:00

Pope Francis has called on humanity to reconnect with nature in order to fight divisions and poverty, which he described as breeding grounds for terrorism.

Vatican indicts 5 in Vatileaks case

2015-11-21 16:29

A Vatican judge has indicted five people, including two journalists and a high-ranking Vatican monsignor, in the latest scandal involving leaked documents.

Pope's Central Africa trip 'risky', say French

2015-11-12 06:11

A planned visit by Pope Francis to strife-hit Central African Republic this month is 'risky' and French troops on the ground could not ensure his safety.

Vatican leaks reveal dirty dealings

2015-11-04 05:39

Wiretaps of the pope's private conversations allegedly recorded by a racy social climber and a Spanish prelate are rocking the Catholic Church.

Catholics call for decarbonisation by 2050

2015-10-26 20:01

Bishops have launched a global appeal for a break-through at the upcoming Paris climate talks, including a 'complete decarbonisation' of the world's economy.

Pope fires theologian for being gay

2015-10-03 15:34

A Vatican theologian who told a Milan newspaper he is gay will not be allowed to continue working in his professional capacities, a Vatican spokesman has said.

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